Trap Door Theatre Presents…

John Doe

Based on the texts of Madman and the Nun

by Stanislaw I. Witkiewicz

Translated by Daniel Gerould

Adapted and Directed by Andrzej Dziuk

(Guest artist from The Teatr Witkacy in Zakopane, Poland)

Opens Thursday, September 25 – Saturday, October 25, 2014

Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 3pm

$20 on Thursdays and Fridays; $25 on Saturdays and $20, with 2-for-1 Admission on Sundays

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John Doe is the kind of head-scratching drama that sends shivers down your spine and hesitant laughter out of your gaping mouth. Highly Recommended! - Stage and Cinema


I’m recommending you go see it, if you think you can endure it. Recommended! - New City


Dziuk’s staging is funny, frightening, and—thanks to Wesley Walker’s Walpurg and Holly Thomas Cerney’s Anna—unexpectedly beautiful.  Recommended! – The Chicago Reader


Trap Door once again reminds us of its unique ability to translate vital but underproduced (in the U.S., anyway) European masterworks with visceral intelligence and scorching wit.                                                 *** (3 stars) – The Chicago Tribune


The Trap Door Theatre is honored to collaborate with Andrzej Dziuk, Artistic Director of the Witkacy Theatre in Poland on this evening celebrating the macabre characters from Witkiewicz’ most vibrant works.  Based on the text of Stanislaw Witkiewicz’s Madman and the Nun, “John Doe” tragically follows how the beauty in madness is poisoned by the toxic remedy of normalization.

Cast: Featuring Holly Thomas Cerney, Michael Garvey, Johnny Graff, John Gray, Mike Steele, Beata Pilch and Wesley Walker

Stanislaw I. Witkiewicz (1885–1939) is one the most brilliant figures of the European avant-garde, Witkiewicz was a poet, painter, playwright, an expert on drugs, an early spokesman for a radically non-realistic theatre and an original philosopher and social critic of mass culture, post-industrial society, and the rise of totalitarianism. He was also a pioneer in serious experimentation with narcotics and prophetically recognized the growing importance that they would have on Western civilization. Politics, revolution, and even art were similar “drugs.” Witkiewicz committed suicide shortly after the outbreak of War in September of 1939. He is best known for his plays The Madman and the Nun, The Mother, The Water Hen, The Anonymous Work, and The Shoemakers.


Andrzej Dziuk (Director)holds a degree in polish linguistics from the University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland. After a year of studying Philosophy at the Christian Theology Academy in Warszawa, he began his studies at the Ludwik Solski Academy for the Dramatic Arts, where he majored in directing and graduated with honors in 1984. At the beginning of his professional career, he collaborated with Teatr Stary in Kraków, where he realized his thesis project. Mr. Dziuk is a founding member and the artistic director of St.I. Witkiewicz Theatre in Zakopane. Each season, he creates and directs the majority of their shows. Dziuks’ work is continuously inspired by the writings of St. I. Witkiewicz: “Pragmatists”, “Authoparody”, “Sonata b”, “OL 12-7 Steg, Wien” based on “The Crazy Locomotive”, “The Madman and the Nun”, “The Water Hen”, “Witkacy – Appendix” based on “Niemyte dusze” (“Narkotics” being a partial translation of it into English), “Good Morning – Witkacy” based on “The Anonymous Work: Four Acts of a Rather Nasty Nightmare”, “CCY-Witkac-y” based on “Juwenilia” but he also directed classical and modern dramas such as “Doctor Faustus” by Charles Marlowe, “Cabaret Voltaire”, “The Crucible” by Arthur Miller, “Nothing” by F. Mitterer, “Caligula” and “The Plague” by A. Camus, “The Magic Mountain” by T. Mann, “Na przeleczy” based on St. Witkiewicz and W. Eljasz’s work, “Ball in the Opera” by J. Tuwim, “Barabas” by P. Lagerkwist and “What you Pretend Has Become Real” by Lope de Vega.


Assistant Director Krzysztof Wnuk / Choreographer Anita Podkowa / Sound Designer Andrzej Dziuk / Lighting Design Richard Norwood / Set and Costume Design Marek Mikulski / Assistant Costume Design / Jolanta Solska / Stage Manager Gary Damico /



To help celebrate Trap Door Theatre’s 20th Anniversary, Jane’s Restaurant is offering a complimentary glass of wine with purchase of your entree! Just show your ticket to your server and enjoy! Jane’s is located in the front of the Trap Door building at 1655 W. Cortland Ave.

 Janes is now offering a special menu to our patrons for only $30! Click here for more info!




Trap Door Theatre has been invited to France!



Translated and Adapted by Pascal Collin & Nicholas Le Guevel from Albert Camus’ Les Justes
Directed by Valéry Warnotte

Featuring Trap Door ensemble members: Antonio Brunetti, Michael Garvey, David Holcombe, Alzan Pelesic,  Beata Pilch, and the fabulous Nicole Wiesner, Including guest performer from Paris Pascal Collin.

If you happen to be in France this fall, please come check us out!


Opening November 6, 2014 at

Dieppe Scene Nationale


November 14, 2014 at

Theatre de Viennes, scene Rhone Alpes


November 18 & 19, 2014 at

L’Onde, Theatre de Velizy-Villacoublay


November 21, 2014 at

Theatre d’Herblay


November 25 to December 6, 2014 at

Le Carreau du Temple, Paris


November 29, 2014 at

Le Nef, Espace Culturel de Saint-Die-Des Vosges

Can’t make it to the show but want to support the theatre anyway? Leave your legacy behind! With your donation of $100, your name will be engraved on the seat of your choice at the Trap Door Theatre and reserved for you when you attend a show!

Donations can be mailed to:

Trap Door Theatre

1655 West Cortland Ave.

Chicago, IL 60622


 Trap Door Productions presents its first

Congratulations to Trap Door’s Nicole Wiesner for her recent
Jeff Award for Best Actress in First Ladies!

Congrats to Nicole Wiesner for bringing home the Jeff Award!

Congratulations to Trap Door's Nicole Wiesner for her recent Jeff Award for Best Actress in First Ladies!

Trap Door Theatre welcomes our new Resident Costume Designer Rachel Sypniewski and our new Associate Ensemble!!

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